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Labour leader killed in suicide attack

A prominent labour leader Master Khudad Khan was killed in a suicide attack in Peshawar on 15 October. He was on his way for a meeting and was passing by an intelligence center when a religious fanatic blew himself up killing him and several others on the spot.

Master Khudad was elected provincial information secretary of Labour Party Pakistan at its founding congress held on November 21, 2004, in the North West Frontier Province. He remained a committed member of LPP until his death.

Master Khudad was the deputy general secretary of Pakistan Workers Confederation and a founding member of Bonded Labour Liberation Front. The Pakistan Workers Confederation is the main body of trade unions in Pakistan.

Latin American and Asia Pacific Solidarity Gathering

Third Latin American and Asia Pacific Solidarity Gathering
Friday 23, Saturday 24, Sunday 25 October
Trades Hall, Lygon Street, Carlton

Saturday 24 October, 10:30 am - 12 noon
Plenary: Asia Pacific Struggles and resistances:
Indigenous, Workers, Climate change, grassroots organisations

Sunday 25 October, 11:00 am - 1 pm
Round table discussion:
Workers organising to win? Or what?
Transnationals, natural resources and people's sovereignty

Click here for full conference program

More information:
Lucho Riquelme 03 9481 2273 or 0400 914 944

Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET)

Vigil to Welcome Refugees

Tampa, SIEV X ... Never again

Vigil to Welcome Refugees
Demand a fair deal for asylum seekers
Process the asylum seekers' claims and offer them safety in Australia

Monday 26 October 2009
5.30pm at Federation Square
Melbourne

Bring your own messages of support for the refugees, placards and banners etc.

Organised by Refugee Action Collective. Supported by the Tamil Community.
For information: phone Marie 0409 252673 or Sue 0413-377-978

Protest rally for improved OHS laws

All unions OHS delegates

Lunch Time Protest Rally
At Annual OHS Conference

1pm Wednesday 28 October
Melbourne Convention Centre
next to Polly Woodside
South Wharf, Yarra River Melbourne

A well attended VTHC affiliates meeting in Melbourne on Friday 16 October endorsed ongoing activities to support efforts to win the best OHS national laws possible, during the current moves to ‘harmonise’ Australia’s multitude of OHS legislation.  
The meeting called for updated material on the outstanding concerns, paid radio ads during the current ‘public comment’ phase and a lunch time protest action at the upcoming Victorian OHS Health & Safety Representatives' Conference.

Read more at the VTHC website

Read more on the Victorian OHS Health & Safety Representatives' Conference

Health & Safety at Work Conference

VTHC Annual OHS Reps Conference: 28 October 2009

The eighth annual OHS Representatives Conference, “Time to deliver the highest OHS standards” is being held on Wednesday October 28 at the NEW Melbourne Convention Centre - 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, 3006 (Crown side of the Yarra River). Melways reference 2EK9.


NOTE:
this is the NEW Convention Centre - download the map for more information. 
 
 As in previous years, the VTHC has gained approval for the Seminar from the VWA under the OHS Act [Section 69(1)(d)(ii)]. This is a free event for Health and Safety Representatives; morning tea and lunch will be provided. 

The theme of the Conference is Having a voice is having an impact  There are a range of eminent speakers, including Keynote Speaker, UK-based Fiona Murie, WorkSafe, Unions and academics.

When registering, reps will need to nominate which morning workshop they wish to attend. The workshops are:

 Enforcing the law  Manual Handling Injuries  Work intensification
 Model Laws: where are we?  Illness from work  Return to work

Read more        Register

Mexican Electrical Workers Union - International Solidarity

In the middle of the night Saturday 10th October, President Felipe Calderon sent six thousand soldiers and militarized Federal Police to take over state power company Luz y Fuerza installations in Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Puebla, Morelos, and Hidalgo.  Immediately following the takeover, Calderon issued an executive order closing Luz y Fuerza.

The Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME) has asked for international solidarity in resisting the government liquidation of their company, the termination of the workers, and thus the destruction of the union.

Report: International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions
Report: Military, Federal Police Bust Mexican Electrical Workers Union

To protest this action, you can write to President Felipe Calderón at felipe.calderon@presidencia.gob.mx. You can copy your protest email to sinmexel@sme.org.mx. You may send the following letter, based on the Mexican Electrical Workers Union demands, making modifications as you see fit.

Resistance to invasion: protest against the NT intervention

STOP  TOXIC RACISM
Protest March against the NT intervention
Friday 16 October at 10 am
184 Gertrude Street Fitzroy
March to Parliament

 

 

Protest against the NT intervention
Public meeting

Friday 16 Oct at 6 pm
Melbourne Youth Sport and Recreation Centre

184 Gertrude Street Fitzroy

Speakers include:

Richard Downs - Spokesperson for the Alyawarr people, who have walked off their community at Ampilatwatja against the NT Intervention and established a protest camp outside the boundaries of the "Prescribed Area"
Click here for more information on the Ampilatwatja walk off

Harry Nelson Senior Warlpiri elder - His community of Yuendumu has also been at the forefront of resistance to the Intervention, holding off the Income Management system for many months in 2008 and now refusing to sign long-term leases demanded by the government

Robbie Thorpe - Victorian Indigenous activist

Organised by BRAG Black Rights Action Group
More information: Marisol 0413 597 315 or Joe 0434 127 661

Australian Unions demand justice for Lipton workers in Pakistan

Unions NSW (the organisation representing trade unions in the state of New South Wales) led a protest on 1 October at the Australasian headquarters of Unilever in Sydney in support of the casual Lipton workers in Pakistan.

Members from fraternal unions - the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and IUF affiliates the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) and the Australian Workers Union (AWU) - joined the protest.

Read more at the IUF Asian Food Worker website.

For more on the global Lipton campaign click here.

Asian Workers Organising - September 2009

Precarious Work Affects Us All

International Metalworkers' Federation global campaign
3 October to 10 October

Globalisation is not just about how things are made, bought and sold. It's also about people. Transnational companies want cheap and flexible workers. So they have shifted from secure to insecure employment - making all jobs more "precarious".

Precarious work is bad for all workers. It creates cut-price labour that drives down wages for all. It increases the gap between the rich and poor and amplifies the unfair practices that already disadvantage women, young and migrant workers.

Good jobs are what trade unions bargain for. Around the world, unions are mobilising, organising and bargaining for better, more secure work. That means challenging the legal and political ruses that allow precarious work to flourish. It means mobilising globally and taking union action against precarious work.

Read more at the International Metalworkers' Federation ...  

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